The Effects of Meth

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

We've reported on almost every angle of the war on meth from the bust to the courtroom, but for the first time since the crackdown on meth began in our area we talk to the people who have lived with it.

"About six months after I started using it we started cooking. I was up for 14 hours at a time without food picking bugs out of my face that weren't there. Teeth are rotting out of my head now. I lost my husband, my home, deserted my family," says Jeana Griffin.

After using crank for more than four years Jeana was finally arrested for manufacturing the drug. She says it was a wakeup call.

"I spent two months in jail and that did it for me. I seeked God. A lot of people find jailhouse religion, but it worked for me. I know he is the only reason I'm here today," says Jeana.

Suzy Thompson wishes everyday that her son's yearlong addiction to meth would have ended in the same way. She stood only steps away from her son, Keith, when he decided to take his life. He was 28 years old.

"When he died I died right along with him. It's horrible on a family, and if these kids could realize they are doing this to themselves, but they're also doing it to their families too," says Suzy Thompson.

It's an ending that Jeana contemplated many times before she ended up here with her family and with a new, drug-free perspective on life.

"There is life after meth. You can do it. I had given up. I thought there was no hope. It was easier not to fight the battles and live with the pain, than it was to do something about it. I know without God it can't be done," says Jeana.

Jeana has been clean for 13 months and is now the Recovery Support Specialist for a 12-step program in Holmes County. She says if you or someone you love needs help getting off meth the Countywide Anti-Substance Abuse Effort can help.

You can call Jeana at 547-0880.


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